Having finished Game of Thrones season 1 last night (a fantasy series that holds back on the fantasy until the final two episodes) I found myself spending most of time wondering where I’d seen a particular face before, as the series is filled with all types and calibre of actor. So here’s a play at home guide – enjoy!

Sean Bean playing Eddard Stark. He’s Boromir and Sharpe (thus making him Harper Collins’s most valuable actor), of course. The bad guy in  Goldeneye and National Treasure and Mellors from that version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover where he gave it repeatedly to Joely Richardson.








Lena Heady plays Cersei Lannister. The queen of eye-narrowing was of course in 300, but who remembers her from Soldier, Solider and Band of Gold, eh? If you think that’s obscure, from here on it gets a lot worse.






Mark ‘Average Tesco Man’ Addy plays King Robert Baratheon. Sprang to fame in The Thin Blue Line as Boyle the counterpart to David Haig’s superlative Inspector Grim. Was also in Band of Gold.






Iain Glen plays Ser Jorah Mormont. Our first Doctor Who entry as Glen played the Anglican soldier Octavian turned to stone by the Weeping Angels while reminding the audience what a naughty girl River Song was.






Ron Donachie plays Ser Rodrik Cassel. He’s also done Who playing the Steward in ‘Tooth and Claw’. The Monocled Mutineer, Tutti Frutti and  – yes! – Virtual Murder  all feature on his CV.






Aidan Gillen plays Petyr Baelish. He was Stuart in Queer as Folk, so practically Doctor Who then.







Julian Glover plays Grand Maester Pycelle. NOW WE’RE TALKING. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Empire Strikes Back, For Your Eyes Only and Doctor Who where he played Scaroth, the Count with the tentacled face AND Richard the Lionheart, albeit not in the same story. Oh, OK, Blake’s 7 as well.






Donald Sumpter plays Maester Lewin. Donald’s been acting a fair old time. Of course he has two Doctor Whos under his belt and a Sarah Jane Adventures. We’ve never seen The Brack Report but we imagine he’s pretty good at that too.



Jerome Flynn plays Bronn. Bloody hell! After achieving mega-stardom with Robson Green in the 90s with Soldier Soldier, Flynn played DC Tom McCabe in Badger, he then vanished, only to turn up here! Also did The Monocled Mutineer.








McElhinney plays Barristan Selmy. Remember him in Maisie Raine? No neither do we. Also played Stuart’s Dad in Queer as Folk which may or may not matter to Petyr Baelish.






Harry Lloyd plays Viserys Targaryen. He was the creepy Son of Mine in Doctor Who and Will Scarlett in Robin Hood. He’s going to playing a young Denis Thatcher next.






James Cosmo plays Jeor Mormont. You’ll probably recall him as Renton’s Dad in Trainspotting. Or UFO.






Owen Teale plays Alliser Thorne. Owen was a nasty piece of work in that horrible episode of Torchwood ‘Countrycide’. Though you may also remember him from Knights of God and Doctor Who  where he played Maldak in ‘Vengeance on Varos’.






Charles Dance plays Tywin Lannister. Like Glover, Dance also appeared in For Your Eyes Only as a henchman. Then there was Alien 3, The Last Action Hero and, um, The Professionals.






Peter Vaughn plays Maester Aemon. The ‘genial’ Harry Grout himself! As well as Porridge Vaughn has been acting on TV and film since the 50s  and was Dad in Citizen Smith.






Clive Mantle plays Greatjon Umber. Remember him from Casualty? Also the second member of the cast (I think) to be in The Vicar of Dibley.






Roger Allam plays Magister Illyrio Mopatis. Allam plays the weary Peter Mannion MP in The Thick of It. Also recently seen in V for Vendetta  and the second series of Ashes to Ashes.